Health & Safety Code Section 161.604
Rate of Fee
(a)For cigarettes or cigarette tobacco products sold, used, consumed, or distributed in this state, as provided by Section 161.603 (Fee Imposed), during the 2013 calendar year, the fee is imposed at the rate of 2.75 cents for:
(1)each non-settling manufacturer cigarette; and
(2)each 0.09 ounces of non-settling manufacturer cigarette tobacco product described by Section 161.602 (Definitions)(3).
(b)Beginning in January 2014, and in January of each subsequent year, the comptroller shall adjust the rate of the fee by increasing the rate in effect on the date the adjustment is made by the greater of:
(1)three percent; or
(2)the actual total percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), as published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States Department of Labor, during the preceding calendar year, calculated by comparing the CPI-U for December of the preceding calendar year with the CPI-U for December a year earlier.
(b-1)The adjusted rate of the fee determined under Subsection (b) takes effect on February 1 of the year in which the adjusted rate is determined and remains in effect until January 31 of the following year.
(c)Notwithstanding Subsection (a), the rate of the fee on the cigarettes and cigarette tobacco products of a subsequent participating manufacturer shall, for calendar months beginning before the effective date of a credit amendment, be calculated by substituting 0.75 cents for 2.75 cents in Subsection (a). For calendar months beginning on or after the effective date of a credit amendment, the rate of the fee on the cigarettes and cigarette tobacco products of subsequent participating manufacturers shall be the same as the rate that applies for those months to the cigarettes of non-settling manufacturers who are not subsequent participating manufacturers.
Section 161.604 — Rate of Fee,
https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/HS/htm/HS.161.htm#161.604 (accessed Nov. 25, 2023).